The greatest moment of the decade for every Premier League team

  • Kat Lucas

On the cusp of 2020, the Premier League is almost unrecognisable from where it stood a decade ago. 

Manchester United and Arsenal have both embarked on a sensational demise, Manchester City coming to represent the pinnacle of English football in the 2010s.

We end an era with Liverpool having risen from the ashes and embarked on an unprecedented period of dominance, losing just one league game in a calendar year. 

And to think, that is not even the Reds’ greatest achievement in recent memory as it comes just six months after they lifted the Champions League. 

GIVEMESPORT has taken a look at every Premier League club’s greatest moment of the past decade and for some, such as Liverpool, there is an obvious choice. 

For some teams, we’ve had to lower the bar slightly.

Liverpool – A sixth European title 

The Reds’ victory over Tottenham in Madrid was made all the sweeter by their 2018 final heartache. Jurgen Klopp brought their 13-year wait for another Champions League to an end. It was never in doubt either after Moussa Sissoko conceded an (admittedly dubious) penalty inside the first minute. 

Leicester City – 2015/16 Premier League title 

Another standout moment and one which is unlikely to ever be repeated. The Foxes’ 5000/1 triumph shocked the world and was described as one of the greatest sporting stories of all time. Ironically, it was sealed in a game that didn’t actually involve them after Spurs threw away a two-goal lead against Chelsea in the ‘Battle of Stamford Bridge’. 

Manchester City – Sergio Aguero vs QPR 

City won their first Premier League title in 2012. It was arguably even better than their ‘centurion’ campaign as they pipped rivals Manchester United to it on the final day – and on goal difference too. The decisive moment came in the dying seconds against ten-man QPR. “Balotelli…Aguerooooo!”

Chelsea – 2012 Champions League final 

The Champions League was the one prize that had eluded Roman Abramovich and it was finally procured for him by Roberto Di Matteo, of all people. Didier Drogba scored the final penalty on what is still the greatest night in Chelsea’s history. 

Manchester United – 2012/13 Premier League title 

United won two titles at the beginning of the decade, but it was Sir Alex Ferguson’s last that edges the first. United got revenge on City for the previous season and said goodbye to the legendary Scotsman in style. The Red Devils were crowned champions of England for the 20th time – a feat which means even if the inevitable happens this season, Liverpool won’t be able to catch them just yet. 

Tottenham – Champions League semi-final vs Ajax

Just like United, Tottenham’s greatest moment of the decade seems to have preceded a downward spiral of unfortunate events. Yet the sheer joy of reaching a first ever Champions League final was almost worth everything that has happened since. In 2010, the Spurs end away at Manchester City erupted when they even made it into the competition – seeing them reach the final was just unthinkable. 

Wolves – Winning the Championship in 2018

The Jorge Mendes connection meant Wolves’ return to prominence wasn’t to everyone’s liking. Their Championship-winning season was incredible nonetheless as they were just one point off 100 and claimed top spot by nine points. 

Sheffield United – Winning promotion 

Leeds’ controversial 2-2 draw with Aston Villa helped Sheffield United return to the Premier League for the first time since the Carlos Tevez saga which saw them relegated. Justice was finally secured and they do not look like returning to the lower leagues any time soon. 

Crystal Palace – Crystanbul 

It’s not really a tangible piece of their own history. But it was a moment that endeared Crystal Palace to the nation. Liverpool squandered a three-goal lead in the last 11 minutes, which ultimately cost them their first Premier League title. Luis Suarez was left in tears on the pitch at full-time. 

Everton – Beating Liverpool 2-0

It’s been a strange old decade at Goodison Park and the next one should be much better thanks to Carlo Ancelotti’s arrival. There have been no major honours and just the two top-six finishes, the last coming in 2014. There has been just the one win in the Merseyside derby, too – and that was all the way back in 2010. Tim Cahill and Mikel Arteta got the goals. Makes you feel old, doesn’t it? 

Newcastle – Appointing Rafa Benitez

Let’s be honest. Moments of happiness have been few and far between this decade on Tyneside. There was Newcastle’s incredible 4-4 draw with Arsenal after being four goals down. Yet some of the best times came under Rafa Benitez, who stayed in the north-east even in the Championship and kept the Magpies up again with essentially a second-tier squad. 

Arsenal – 2014 FA Cup

The last few years have been dreadful. Back in 2014, many Arsenal fans were beginning to accept their fall from grace but Arsene Wenger at least brought to an end a nine-year trophy drought with the FA Cup, beating Hull in the final. 

Burnley – Qualifying for Europe

If the entire population of Burnley went to Wembley, they still couldn’t fill the national stadium. That should put into perspective what a phenomenal achievement it was when the Clarets qualified for the Europa League, embarking on their first continental tour in 51 years. 

Brighton – Automatic promotion 

Chris Hughton oversaw some fantastic achievements at Brighton, not least reaching the FA Cup semi-finals. The Seagulls endured their fair share of heartache too, missing out on promotion on goal difference on the final day in 2016 – having thrown away a massive lead. A year later, they finally went up as runners-up. 

Southampton – The great escape, 2018

In hindsight, giving Mark Hughes a new contract on the back of survival *probably* wasn’t a good idea. It was understandable amidst the emotion of staying up, though. Mauricio Pellegrino left the Saints in a very precarious position in March but Hughes came in and engineered a 1-0 victory over Swansea in the penultimate game to fight off relegation. 

Bournemouth – The whole decade

This is obviously bending the rules slightly. However, when you take into account that this time 10 years ago, Bournemouth were dreaming of promotion from League Two. Bar a short stint at Burnley, Eddie Howe has been with them every step of the way too. If we had to pick just one moment since their remarkable rise to the Premier League, it would have to be their 4-0 thrashing of Chelsea. 

West Ham – The final game at Upton Park

Erm… No, seriously. Anyone? Any ideas? In terms of memories, it has to be the farewell to the Boleyn Ground. The Hammers beat Manchester United 3-2 and celebrated everything that is grand about this famous old club with a ceremony afterwards. How their fans would love one last afternoon there now. 

Aston Villa – Play-off final vs Derby 

In the grand scheme of Villa’s illustrious history, this decade has been a thoroughly miserable one. It began well enough with two top six finishes in 2010 and 2011. After that, disaster began to strike.

So, while there were some impressive years when they boasted the likes of Gareth Barry, John Carew and Ashley Young, the highlight of the decade has to be the Villains’ return to the big time when they won the play-off final earlier this year – especially as they lost to Fulham at Wembley the previous year, cueing more John Terry tears. 

Watford – Play-off semi-final vs Leicester 

This wasn’t just Watford’s best moment of the decade, but a couple of minutes that encapsulated everything that is just bloody marvellous about football. Picture the scene. It’s 2-2 on aggregate in the dying seconds. Leicester were given a controversial penalty, which Manuel Almunia saved from Anthony Knockaert. The Hornets went right up the other end and Troy Deeney thumped the ball past Kasper Schmeichel. Relive it below – the greatest couple of minutes of the Championship you’ll ever see: 

Norwich – Play-off final vs Middlesbrough 

One of the Canaries’ best memories came all the way back in 2010 when they thrashed Ipswich 4-1. More recently, they won the Championship title with four minutes of the game left at Villa Park. Yet for the pure ‘day-out’ factor, Norwich’s best moment has to be the play-off final at Wembley in 2015. They beat Middlesbrough 2-0, with both goals coming in the first 15 minutes from Cameron Jerome and Nathan Redmond. 

If the next decade is anything like the last, we’re in for a treat.

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